Brief about Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is a nation in southern Africa known for its sweeping grasslands and wide-ranging culture. From majestic Victoria Falls
to the bustling city of Harare
, the country offers plenty of attractions and diverse traditions. This guide provides an overview of Zimbabwe's history, geography, people, customs, and more.
Learn about Zimbabwe's Geography and Landscape.
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa, spanning 391,072 km2. It has a lush landscape of mountains, forests, and fertile plains in the central region. The climate is tropical and hot most of the year. Victoria Falls
on the Zambezi River
is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, with a width of 1.7 kilometers (1 mile) and height of 108 meters (354 feet). Other natural features include Lake Kariba
—a vast man-made lake created during the 1950s—and Hwange National Park
featuring teeming wildlife including elephants, giraffes, lions, buffaloes, zebras and more.
Discover the Rich Heritage of Zimbabwean Traditional and Popular Music and Dance.
Zimbabwe is best known for its vibrant and culturally rich music and dance. Traditional dances like the mbakumba, ndau and jerusarema express joy through their energetic movements, intricate body language, songs, and improvisations. Popular modern music in Zimbabwe includes sungura and jiti—the latter being a fast-paced style using traditional instruments such as the mbira (thumb piano), drums, marimba and hosho (shakers). Live bands—local or international—regularly take to the stage in Zimbabwe’s main cities. Music festivals offer an opportunity to explore the diversity of local and regional talent while simultaneously expressing pride in Zimbabwean identity.
Explore the Unique Food and Cuisine of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwean cuisine is a unique fusion of African and European influences. Typical traditional dishes include sadza (a stiff cornmeal porridge served with vegetables or meat), nyama choma (barbecued beef, pork, or chicken), cow-heel soup, thick stew, and peanut butter soup. Common side dishes such as green vegetables and bitter herbs accompany the meal. Ziwere ,which consists of beer fortified with dried leaves of the lemon bush, is an important element in Zimbabwean hospitality rituals. Visitors can expect to be served some variation of this traditional drink even if they opt to pass on local delicacies like mopane worms or fried locusts!
Experience the Eclectic Arts Scene of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe’s vibrant art scene includes dance, visual art, theater, arts festivals and competitions, as well as a flourishing craft market featuring locally crafted jewelry, textiles, ceramics, baskets, drums and furniture. One of the main cultural expressions of Zimbabwe is Shona sculpture which rose to prominence in the 1950s with the work of local sculptors like John Dilzai and Henry Munyaradzi. Traditional dances range from healing rituals to royal processions and masked ceremonies and involve drums as an integral part of their music. Music in Zimbabwe also draws heavily on mbira (thumb piano) traditions as well as western influences.
Know Zimbabwe's People and Their Cultural Beliefs and Practices.
Zimbabwe’s population is as diverse as its landscape — from the Ndebele and Kalanga in the south to the Tonga and Shona people in the central region. Each ethnic group has its own unique cultural beliefs and practices, including language, clothing, music and food. For example, the Ndebele are known for their brightly painted homes while, elsewhere in the country, ritual activities such as rain-making ceremonies are still carried out to ensure a good harvest. Valuing togetherness and community spirit is also part of Zimbabwean culture, with families joining together for regular meals or milking cows together on Sundays.
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